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To donate by check, please make checks payable to
“Friends of Hope” and send to:
Friends of Hope
PO Box 451513
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33345
Puerto Rico has struggled with poverty long before the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, of Puerto Rico’s
3.2 million people, 43.1% of the total population and 57% of children lived in poverty. For
comparison, the U.S. national poverty rate was drastically lower at 13.1%.
Poverty in Puerto Rico has become a chronic issue as a long-term recession resulted in massive debt.
The island has also endured multiple disasters, the most recent being Hurricane Maria and COVID-19.
These hardships have weakened Puerto Rico’s economy, infrastructure and health systems and have left
vulnerable groups even more susceptible to poverty.
While external factors have exacerbated poverty in Puerto Rico, the current crisis has been
building in conjunction with a decade-long recession. Economic growth fell by 10% between 2004 and
2018, with an unemployment rate above 8% and a declining population compounding this deficiency.
Some elements such as the encouragement of Puerto Rico’s reliance on U.S. loans to fill federal
funding gaps, a 1996 change that mandated Puerto Rican businesses begin paying taxes—in contrast
to their previous tax-free status under the Internal Revenue Code Section 936—and the 2008
financial crisis, which further lowered tax revenues and caused large-scale unemployment,
have mainly fueled this debt crisis. These issues have culminated to create massive debt and a
chronic recession that has exacerbated poverty within the territory.
HOW WE HELP
The disasters that Puerto Rico continues to experience ravages the small island and further plunges
residents into poverty. However, Friends of Hope is making significant efforts to improve the
territory’s infrastructure, health care systems and general living conditions. To effectively
combat the factors perpetuating poverty and COVID-19 in Puerto Rico, plans to reduce debt and boost
the economy are on the horizon.
We also distribute water filters, solar lights and Covid-19 supplies, like masks and hand sanitizer –
to people affected by disasters. Many people do not have electricity, face regular blackouts and
buy bottled water instead of using a filter. The global pandemic has affected many senior citizens,
and we want to keep them safe, ensuring they have masks.
Please help us continue to help the people of Puerto Rico by making a donation today.
Friends of Hope International, Inc.
9994 Nob Hill Place
Sunrise, FL 33351
Contributions are tax-deductible under
Internal Revenue code Section 501(c)(3)
Tax ID: 27-2059981